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Temba Spirit Bio
Ever since Temba Spirit put his life on the line by renouncing his gang affiliation on national television, he has devoted his life to service, spirit, love, and helping others to Reclaim Their Power.
After an early life that included child abuse, gang violence, drugs, homelessness, depression, and incarceration, Temba underwent an amazing spiritual transformation while behind bars at Rikers Island prison. With support and inspiration from Amma, the world-renowned hugging saint from India, not only did Temba fully forgive himself, he transformed his prison time into a spiritual retreat. He initiated a meditation program, distributed spiritual books, and did all he could to help the hurting men who were incarcerated with him to re-awaken their spiritual innocence—showing them by example and through his actions that love was inside of them and there was nothing they could do to change that, no matter how heinous their crimes. Now, over a decade later, the program he started for these men, Circle of Love Inside, has spread all over the U.S. and has become one of the most successful prison outreaches of our time.
Temba’s amazing journey of love has led him to join with an array of famous book authors, transformational personalities, spiritual leaders, and celebrities. In 2007, he was discovered by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood, the New York Times bestselling authors of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny, and since then he has shared a stage with Byron Katie (Loving What Is), Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Debra Poneman (founder of the Yes to Success seminars and a pioneer of the self-help industry), and Michael Beckwith (featured in The Secret and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center).
Marci Shimoff (author of Happy for No Reason, who has sold over 14 million self-help books) says of Temba: “Temba has been a great inspiration to me, as he is a wonderful role model of service and love toward others. In fact, I respect Temba so much that I interviewed him for my book Love for No Reason. He is one of the 150 ‘love luminaries’ I interviewed about unconditional love (along with top scientists, psychologists, subject matter experts, and spiritual teachers) and Temba’s was one of the most wise, profound, and moving of all the interviews.”
Along with Temba’s spiritual and humanitarian work (including his creation of a program to empower and support a Native American orphan family in the poorest area of the country, the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota), he has also had success in music as a conscious hip-hop artist, performing with the legendary KRS-ONE, considered by many to be the greatest conscious lyricist of all time. The song he wrote for Janet Attwood at the behest of Michael Beckwith, Reclaim Your Power, has become a favorite of thousands at motivational seminars all over the country. He has even performed at a gathering for President Obama hosted by Louis Gossett, Jr. in Beverly Hills.
Temba sees his music, inspirational speaking, book writing, and humanitarian work as one mission—different yet related ways in which consciousness is expressing itself as love. Despite his painful beginnings, Temba’s life has become a powerful expression of service to humanity. As he puts it, “I have taken the crap of my life and turned it into spiritual fertilizer!”
Temba Spirit is available for speaking engagements, interviews, and performances.